Monday’s Presidential Debate is the SuperBowl of politics, and it’s too bad we can’t suspend these candidates like dogs from the political arena like Roger Goodell did to Tom Brady. Here are some Proverbs to keep in mind while you watch these two face off:
1. “The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of fools pour out folly.” –15:2
When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive and desirable. When foolish people talk, their words pour out (lit. “bubbles forth”), revealing their sin (v.28) and the idiocy they “graze on” (v.14).
2. “Everyone who is arrogant in heart is an abomination to the Lord; be assured, he will not go unpunished.” –16:5
God hates pride (11:20) and lifestyles characterized by their independence from Him. Indeed, the constant wrath of God and fear of death abides on those who have not hated their sin and believed on Christ. God judicially gives over man to his indendepence and the degradation of his body and mind (c.f. Ro. 1).
3. “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” –16:25
cf. 5:5, 23; 7:27; 9:18; 11:19; 21:25
Living without the renewing power of the Holy Spirit, Who teaches us how to live by bringing to mind the Word of Christ, leads to death. Man cannot get away with sin.
“If someone strays from God and His Word, in heart and choices and deeds, it reveals his true thoughts of God. He may be formally orthodox, or he may not. He may make lofty claims about his reverence of God. However, the life reveals the reality.
When a person elects to deviate from God’s Word, he is saying in effect, ‘God? No big deal'”¹
4. “An evildoer listens to wicked lips, and a liar gives ear to a mischievous tongue.” –17:4
All information relayed to you and I from the wicked is tainted, poisoned, and untrustworthy.
“A wicked doer giveth heed to false lips…. A man of an ill spirit, of a mischievous disposition, that delights in doing wickedness; he carefully attends to such as speak falsehood; he listens to lies and calumnies, loves to hear ill reports of persons, and takes pleasure in spreading them to the hurt of their characters…”²
5. “Unequal weights are an abomination to the Lord, and false scales are not good.” –20:23
God has MUCH to say about dishonesty in business. (cf. 16:11; 20:10, 23; Lev. 19:35–36; Deut. 25:13–16; also note Amos 8:5).
“Can I forget any longer the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is accursed? Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales and with a bag of deceitful weights?” –Micah 6:10-11
(cf. 16:11; 20:10, 23; Lev. 19:35–36; Deut. 25:13–16; also note Amos 8:5).
- Phillips, Dan. God’s Wisdom in Proverbs: Hearing God’s Voice in Scripture. Woodlands, TX: Kress Biblical Resources, 2011. Print.
- Exposition of the Entire Bible by John Gill [1746-63].